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Wacky, colorful and spectacular balloons lift off this weekend

Special-shape balloons are always popular with festival attendees. This year, Jewel the hummingbird  joins the aerial flotilla.
Photographer: Courtesy of Adirondack Balloon Festival
Special-shape balloons are always popular with festival attendees. This year, Jewel the hummingbird joins the aerial flotilla.
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Folks in the Adirondacks are accustomed to golds and reds above ground during the fall. They’re getting used to purple, too. For a dozen years, the “Purple People Eater” hot-air balloon has been floating above Warren County during the annual Adirondack Balloon Festival. The floating began Thurssday at Crandall Park. Other launch times were Friday at 5 p.m. at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury; Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the airport; ...

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